On November 14, 2023, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates: The second day of the eighteenth edition of the Dubai Airshow, the largest in its history, witnessed the signing of significant deals, building on the success of the first day. The event, serving as a global platform for the aviation, aerospace, and defense sectors, brought together leaders in these industries to reshape their future through diverse panel discussions and presentations on the latest technological advancements.
Participating in this year’s edition are leaders from the aviation, aerospace, and defense sectors, engaging in discussions to shape the future of these industries. The exhibition hosts over 1,400 exhibitors from 95 countries, featuring displays of more than 190 commercial and military aircraft.
On the second day, commercial aviation demand continued, with EgyptAir announcing the purchase of 10 new Airbus A350-900 aircraft, contributing to a 25% reduction in fuel consumption and a decrease in carbon emissions. Oman Air revealed the acquisition of its first cargo converted Boeing 737-800, while Sky Airlines announced a deal to purchase seven Boeing 737-8 aircraft. Ethiopian Airlines committed to acquiring 11 Boeing 787 Dreamliners and 20 Boeing 737 Max aircraft, potentially expanding the order with 15 additional and 21 extra aircraft, marking the largest-ever Boeing aircraft purchase in Africa.
Following the purchase of 30 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners on the first day, Flydubai signed an agreement with CFM, the engine manufacturing company, to support its growth plans. Flydubai is set to receive over 130 aircraft in the coming years. Emirates also announced contracts worth over $1.2 billion with Safran for its new fleet of Airbus A350 and Boeing 777X-9, along with its existing Boeing 777-300 fleet.
Timothy Hawes, the Managing Director of Tarsus Middle East, stated, “The second day of the Dubai Airshow 2023 exceeded our expectations, setting a new standard in global aviation events. The day witnessed numerous significant deals and strategic partnerships, reflecting the continuous evolution of the aviation sector. The innovations and major deals not only highlight the industry’s commitment to sustainable future growth but also emphasize the role of the exhibition as a crucial platform in shaping the sector’s future. We are optimistic about the collaboration and partnerships that Dubai Airshow will enhance in the coming days, along with providing space to boost innovation and development efforts.”
Aligned with the main theme of this year’s Dubai Airshow, localization, the second day also saw the signing of an agreement between Airbus and Mubadala to provide training opportunities for UAE university students in the field of engineering. Over the next three years, 12 UAE students specializing in engineering will undergo training at Airbus’ headquarters in Toulouse, France, under the supervision of experts.
In the Advanced Air Mobility section, a new addition to the exhibition, Inra Technologies unveiled a new Vertical Airport Management System, an innovation in managing urban air mobility aircraft movements. This platform, based on internet networking, meets the increasing demand for digital solutions in the management of vertically taking off and landing autonomous aircraft. It ensures the delivery of more effective and efficient services in vertical airports through real-time data exchange coordination.